Jelleyman to captain the Steelmen

Gareth Jelleyman is the new captain of Corby Town
Gareth Jelleyman is the new captain of Corby Town
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Gareth Jelleyman will captain Corby Town during their Calor League Premier Division campaign.

The experienced left-back joined the Steelmen in the second half of last season and has now been given the armband by manager Chris Plummer.

He will lead Corby for the first time in the league tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on Burnham in the season’s curtain raiser at Steel Park (3pm).

And Plummer believes Jelleyman is the perfect man for the job as Corby look to bounce back from their relegation from the Conference North at the first attempt.

“Gareth was captain at Boston United so it is not a new role to him,” Plummer said.

“He has a lot of experience and he leads by example. He is a good talker. He isn’t necessarily a shouter but he has a big presence in the dressing-room.

“He has led the team well during pre-season and I think he has also been one of our better players. He is the right man for the job.”

Plummer, meanwhile, insists Corby’s pre-season campaign can’t be labelled as “disastrous” after it ended with a heavy 5-0 home defeat to Bishop’s Stortford last weekend.

The Steelmen also suffered losses to Cambridge United, Northampton Town, a Leicester City XI and a Derby County XI while recording just one victory – a 5-2 success at Stewarts & Lloyds.

But Plummer said: “Of course, you want to win every game you play in pre-season but it is not the be all and end all.

“If you look at most of the games, we competed very well against all the clubs we played until we made various changes.

“There is no doubt that last weekend was a big disappointment, particularly in the first half. But it hasn’t been disastrous for us at all. We have worked hard and now we have to make sure we get it right for the real thing.”